I'm sure most of you midwest guys know what I'm talking about when I mention winter flock, and I'm not exactly sure that southern birds don't clump up the way they do here, but I was out yesterday doing some scouting. Anyway, I had a pretty cool encounter. I was sitting in the woods a bit drinking a beer, just listening and observing, when it all happened. I use the term flock loosely here, but a flock (actually herd) of turkeys decided to feed past me at 60 yards while I sipped my beer. I had my binoculars with me, and they stayed in a pretty even row, so I was able to count them. The grand total? 198, 23 toms, 27 jakes, and 9 bearded hens, with the rest being hens and jens. No strutting yet, because the weather is just starting to break, but I got to watch them for over an hour until they decided to feed off into the adjacent woods and property.
I sure do get amped up when the spring turkey season rolls around. I wish I had my camera with me, but unfortunately I only had my cell phone camera. That didn't work. The picture looks like pepper flakes in a field.
April 11th for me, but I have an idea where there might be a couple to choose from!
Good luck to everyone, and post them pictures!